One of the old musical forms, before the time of the more compact sonata, consisting of a string or series of pieces all in the same key, mostly in various dance rhythms, with sometimes an elaborate prelude. Some composers of the present day affect the suite form.
an important instrumental form of the baroque period, comprised of a series of movements (usually in the same key), patterned after popular dances, typically: allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue, and one more optional dances, often preceded by a prelude.
A collection of individual instrumental movements that are related in some way and usually performed together. Traditionally these are specific dances, such as the minuet, that were grouped into in a larger work. Many times portions of operas or ballets are also selected and arranged into an orchestral suite to be performed without staging the entire work.